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Catherine Kelley

Catherine Kelley

Southern Oregon’s array of live theater venues spans from cozily intimate to nationally renowned, and to celebrate the 2020 season the Messenger spotlights three local actors who have made the Rogue Valley stages their home. Grants Pass actor, Steve Chroninger, deciding to peel free from his high school math nerd

For nearly 30 years, researchers with the HeartMath Institute (HRI) have delved into the wonders of the heart helping thousands to improve their emotional wellbeing using their discoveries and tools. Like ordering a perfect chemical cocktail to reduce stress, find courage or forgiveness, we can now tell the heart how

From its rivers and forests to practices of conservationism and environmental protection, Oregon is well-noted as being green. In honoring this distinction, the 18th annual Siskiyou Film Festival will bring together filmmakers and the community who “love where they live and protect what they love.” “It’s our slogan,” says festival

Call it a snow day and head for the hills! Southern Oregon has plenty of sledding hotspots if you know where to look. We’ve collected a few that are close enough to hot coffee to keep your Thermos filled or to kick back and reminisce about your day of fun

Shopping online for the holidays may be convenient, but let’s face it, the intimacy factor is missing. Why not bundle up and head downtown to check out the lights before popping into your area’s local shops to mingle in the spirit of Kris Kringle? We’ve put together a sampler of

A film made for a couple million bucks is pretty low-budget these days considering what Hollywood forks out for their Marvel productions. But then there’s the clever accomplishment of the ultra-low (we’re talking micro low) budget project. Local indie filmmaker, Ray Robison, has learned how to keep cameras rolling a

Peek into the worlds of newts, German browns, ice sheets and grizzlies at the 7th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival “On Tour” on November 8. The night of short film, benefitting southern Oregon’s Rogue Riverkeeper, aims to entertain while encouraging activism toward preserving and protecting the natural environment and

Between that last morsel of pumpkin pie and racing out the door to conquer the cheapest PlayStation or Samsung, there’s digestion. A walk after your Thanksgiving meal might ease that full belly, along with the pressures of the holiday shop-a-thon pandemonium. The last, and best, course of the meal could

A walk through one of southern Oregon’s historic pioneer cemeteries is like touring an outdoor museum. Before electricity, airplanes or internet there were trading posts, steam boats and covered wagons enabling early settlers to trek westward where some lived, died and were buried under Oregon soil. The Linkville Pioneer Cemetery

There’s nothing more invigorating than a hike through a colorful autumn forest on a crisp day, and Oregon trails are quite showy. Grab your coat, boots and water to enjoy nature’s palette on these local trails.  Natural Bridge: A popular scenic viewpoint just north of Prospect is Natural Bridge, where